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Love and Theft


For over two centuries, America has celebrated the very black culture it attempts to control and repress, and nowhere is this phenomenon more apparent than in the strange practice of blackface performance. Born of extreme racial and class conflicts, the blackface minstrel show sometimes usefully intensified them. Based on the appropriation of black dialect, music, and dance, minstrelsy at once applauded and lampooned black culture, ironically contributing to a blackening of America. Drawing on recent research in cultural ...

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Love and Theft
1995, Oxford University Press, USA, New York, NY

ISBN-13: 9780195096415

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